What I learned as Seattle’s 1st Lube Wrestling Champion

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What I learned as Seattle’s 1st Lube Wrestling Champion

Moons and moons ago, while adrift in a sea of gay men at Seattle’s Timberline bar, I tripped into the city’s first lube wrestling championship, and won. That night, lonely exhibitionists were given the chance to be lathered up in KY Jelly and slammed against the floor of an inflatable, lube-loaded pool. What did I win again… um prestige maybe? A story for the grand-kids? I certainly didn’t get a trophy for my efforts. That being typed, it was a stellar night. As I get older, dredging up more and more fodder for #ThrowbackThursdays, I find myself reflecting on lesson’s learned. Here’s some stuff I learned that night that’ll likely help you too.

1) Free Is A Price Too

That fated evening, a swelling number of Timberline staff and regulars were courting me into doing some real damage as one of Seattle’s first lube wrestling warriors. Was I trading free drinks to “more seriously consider” their requests? Ab-so-lutely. In fact, I milked it for all it’s worth. I was being resourceful, resourcefulness is a virtue, and lord knows I was devout after years of poverty. But resourcefulness, like anything, has limitations. A reckoning was coming for me that night. Free has a price, even among friends.

We all take mental notes on the actions of those around us and tally those results annually. You’ll be held accountable for what you’re doing and not doing, eventually, even if passive aggressively so. And those boys had me right where they wanted me; Drunk-ish and semi-hard, I mean semi-obligated (both).

CLICK HERE for full article at San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

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Jamie Attempts to Make Sense of Himself as an Institution-less Artist

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Jamie Attempts to Make Sense of Himself as an Institution-less Artist

Photo by Emily Marchand

Photo by Emily Marchand

As part of this month’s series on dancers who facilitate their own dance practice outside of a major institution, New York based Jamie Benson attempts to make sense of his dance practice, how he keeps the wheels turning, and the “why” that drives it all.

How often and in what kind of situations do you perform?

Boy every day of this wild existence is so different, but I seem to have one or two performances/screenings a quarter on average. That being typed, I’ve had three separate performances within the same week before too. In the past, performances mainly occurred in black box theaters, but in recent years I’ve adjusted to performing site-specific work almost entirely (invading streets, piers, parks, museums, bathrooms, bars, etc.). Theater performances are a bit too removed from the guts of my work, which conjures situations and themes experienced in daily life. I’m also transitioning from doing more live work to more film work in order to access a larger online audience.

CLICK HERE for full interview at Stance on Dance.

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How This Classically Trained Dancer Became The Shit, Literally.

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How This Classically Trained Dancer Became The Shit, Literally.

Photo by Andrae Gonzalo

Photo by Andrae Gonzalo

Lights come up on a lone ballerina, innocently perched on stage. You recognize the scene, from one of the many Nutcrackers we inevitably endure, but this time it’s different somehow. After leaving her lofty throne, you see an elegant pointe shoe flush what was a toilet all along. And then, IT happens. A dancer, dressed as dung (head-to-pointed-toe), claws his way to the ballet beauty and incites a dance battle for the ages.

This satire-drenched ballet, called Bowel Movement, was part of my first show as a choreographer. The whole thing, called Bathroom Follies, remains a seminal part of my strange dance revolution. Below...

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The Bliss & Pitfalls Of Making The Ultimate Solo: A Group Therapy Session For Choreographers

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The Bliss & Pitfalls Of Making The Ultimate Solo: A Group Therapy Session For Choreographers

Photo by Stacey Adams

Photo by Stacey Adams

Lights come up on a lone figure, the one burdened with putting a trance over a packed house of smart phones. It’s a tall order to be sure. You don’t just have to dazzle, you have to captivate, ooze an indisputable it-factor that dares an audience of TV brains to look away, as if they could. The best/worst part is that you probably put yourself in the position to be this dance mystic. It’s your fault.

It’s your solo after all.

CLICK HERE to read the full article at 4dancers.org

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Straight Talk For Hip Hop  & Ballet Dudes (Response to Jon B.)

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Straight Talk For Hip Hop & Ballet Dudes (Response to Jon B.)

Image by Ryan Puckett

Image by Ryan Puckett

Jon, Hey!

Thanks for your inquiry. You asked a more profound question than you may realize. I relate, as a male dancer who takes ballet class but has no intention of performing it. Stepping into the, very specific, realm of ballet can be intimidating for anyone but especially for men. Sadly, even in the 21st century, ballet can challenge our ideas about what masculinity should look like.

CLICK HERE to read the full response on Ballet To The People

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6 Reasons Dance Will Save Your Life, Body & Sanity This Year

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6 Reasons Dance Will Save Your Life, Body & Sanity This Year

Photo by Shutterstock

Photo by Shutterstock

I know. I totally get it. You work too much. You’re getting up too early, eating lunch at your desk, and getting home too late for any sort of extra-curricular excursions. Maybe you’ve got kids. THEY are you’re life now. You would feel silly taking dance seriously at your age.  You’re too fat, too lazy, too burdened with too many responsibilities. It’s just too much, too hard, too crazy, too scary. You, and much of the modern world, suffer from The Terrible Toos. Even I, as a dancer, suffer (daily) from this affliction and, after 19 years of dancing (yikes), still fall prey to the intimidation of taking a dance class. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try it. Maybe you loved it as a child but thought it was only for children. Read on to discover how dance can replace your physical and psychological burdens (both chemically and emotionally) with pure joy.

CLICK HERE to read the full article on Thought Catalog 

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Captivate Your Recreational Dancers in 5 Steps

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Captivate Your Recreational Dancers in 5 Steps

Photo by Carolyn Campbell

Photo by Carolyn Campbell

As an aspiring or even established dance instructor, you’ll likely be hired at some point to take on the task of inspiring the less then serious student. It’s blasphemous I know, but many of your students are casually exploring a hobby while in your class. Heck, with the economy the way it is, dance can even be seen as frivolous (gasp) to the more recreational dancer. In this article, you’ll find a few proven methods to increase student retention while becoming a more formidable instructor.

CLICK HERE to read the full article on Dance Advantage

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